Govt to provide necessary supports to EC for credible polls: PM

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:59pm on September 12, 2018

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament during her question-answer session on Wednesday.-- Focusbangla photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday assured that the government would provide all necessary supports to Election Commission in holding the next general election in a credible manner.
‘The government hopes that the incumbent Election Commission will take all measures in line with the constitution in holding the next election in a free, fair and credible manner. The government will provide necessary supports,’ Hasina told the parliament while responding to a question of Monirul Islam.
Mentioning the constitutional obligation, the premier said the EC could conduct the polls independently.
‘People of the country will exercise their voting rights freely under the supervision of the Election Commission. As per the demand of the Election Commission, necessary amount has already been allocated,’ she said.
The premier also said that manpower of the EC was already increased to strengthen the body.
Responding to another question of Mohammad Abdullah, the premier said the government would form a commission to find out the plotters of the killing of founding president of the country  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
‘Some people and organisations at home and abroad were indirectly behind the killing of Bangabandhu. So, the government is thinking to form a commission to find out the plotters,’ she said.
The premier said pieces of information about the conspiracies hatched before the killing of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were revealed after the Awami League formed the government for the consecutive second time.
‘The villains of history not only killed Bangabandhu, but also wanted to destroy the country,’ she said.
Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Sheikh Mujib, said Khandoker Mustaque, the main culprit of the killing, promulgated an ordinance on September 26 in 1975 so that the killers would not have to face the trial.
‘Later Ziaur Rahman, one of the masterminds of Bangabandhu killing, rehabilitated the killers by providing them jobs in foreign missions after assuming office illegally. Governments of General Ershad and Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance also kept the ordinance and carried out ill attempts to establish the self-declared killers of Bangabandhu politically,’ she alleged.
The premier said that the AL-led government abolished the ordinance after assuming office in 1996 and paved ways for the trial of the killers.
After assuming office in 2009, the AL-led government on January 27, 2010 hanged five convicts — Syed Faruk Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan — at the then Dhaka Central Jail.
The premier said her government had been carrying out efforts to bring the rest of killers back to the country.
She said an inter-ministerial committee comprising law, justice and parliamentary affairs, foreign affairs and home ministry had been working in a coordinated way over the issue.
A petition has been placed before Canadian Federal Court of Justice for providing information about how fugitive convicted killer Noor Chowdhury was living in Canada, she said.
Diplomatic and legal measures have been taken to bring another fugitive convict, Rashed Chowdhury, back from the USA, she said, adding that lawyers were appointed there for taking the legal measures.
Besides, the taskforce was working to bring other fugitive convicts back home and red alert was issued through the Interpol to arrest them, Hasina added.